Episodes

  • It’s time to celebrate love, both true and tragic, on a brand new Go Fact Yourself!

    Hari Kondabolu is a comedian. He got a lot of attention for his film The Problem with Apu, where he pointed out the issues he had with the character Apu on “The Simpsons.” Even though he also got a lot of expected negative responses to the film, he’ll tell us why some of the reactions left him pretty confused. Hari’s standup special “Warn Your Relatives” is available now on Netflix.

    Sofie Hagen is also a comedian who’s worked all over the world. She’ll tell us why behavior that that she learned in Denmark led to her being unintentionally rude when she moved to England. Plus, she breaks down why she’s such a strong advocate for fat liberation (not to be confused with body positivity). Sofie is also the voice behind the podcasts “Who Hurt You?” and “Bad People”

    Our guests will answer trivia about foreign languages, foreign audiences and inaccurate portrayals of foreign characters.

    What’s the Difference: Upstairs Maid

    What’s the difference, when referring to a building, between a story and a floor?

    What’s the difference between made of and made from?

    Areas of Expertise:

    Hari: The film Untamed Heart, the Hindu epic Ramaya, and the band Weezer before the “green album”

    Sofie: The Danish film Kærlighed På Film, the musical Phantom of the Opera, and the Irish boyband Westlife

    Appearing in this episode:

    J. Keith van Straaten

    Helen Hong

    Hari Kondabolu

    Sofie Hagen

    With guest experts:

    Tony Bill and Tom Sierchio, director and writer of the film Untamed Heart.

    Sierra Boggess, Broadway actor and singer, who played Christine in Phantom of the Opera and its sequel.

    Charles Hart, Lyricist of the musical “Phantom of the Opera” and its sequel.

    Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun.

    Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

    Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.

    Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.

    Mask-upgrading by YOU.

  • Vote YES for a brand new episode of Go Fact Yourself!

    Kevin Allison is best known as creator and host of the podcast “RISK!” The show is all about encouraging people to tell stories that they never thought they’d share in public. He’ll tell us why people want to share some of their biggest secrets – and how more than one person’s secret involves cannibalism.

    Parker Molloy is a writer, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Daily Beast and more. But she’s also been described as “Everyone’s first Twitter follow.” She’ll tell us where that moniker came from and explain why she has so much love for her life in Chicago.

    Our guests will answer questions about princes, new girls and boxers.

    What’s the Difference: All Wet

    What’s the difference between a liquid and a fluid?

    What’s the difference between a submarine and a submersible?

    Areas of Expertise:

    Kevin: The Tao Te Ching, ADHD, and Prince’s House Party Playlist.

    Parker: Musicians on the Saddle Creek Records label, Chicago Cubs baseball from 1991-2021, and U.S. Senate 2000-2021.

    Appearing in this episode:

    J. Keith van Straaten

    Helen Hong

    Kevin Allison

    Parker Molloy

    With guest experts:

    Dave Finkel, executive producer and show-runner of the TV show “New Girl.”

    Steve Welch, editor of the Prince episode of “New Girl.”

    Senator Barbara Boxer, representing California in the United States Senate from 1993 to 2017.

    Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun.

    Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

    Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.

    Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.

    Vaccine-getting by YOU.

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  • Stand en pointe and tune up that guitar – it’s a high-art filled episode of Go Fact Yourself!

    Alicia Coppola is an actor, seen in shows like “Jericho” and “Why Women Kill.” But her career on camera actually began as part of a game show: MTV’s “Remote Control,” where she learned so much from people like Adam Sandler and Colin Quinn… including some experiences she never thought she’d need to go through. You can hear Alicia Coppola on her podcast “Bootstrap Bitch.”

    Alicia is joined by her former on-screen husband from “Why Women Kill,” comedian and actor Adam Ferrara. Alicia has also been a guest on “The Adam Ferrara Podcast,” which Adam says is all about him and his friends trying to be better people. How’s that going? Not so well… but he’ll tell us why he doesn’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing.

    Our guests will answer questions about classic dance, classic rock, and the heroes who helped make them happen.

    What’s the Difference: Country Bumpkin!

    What’s the difference between straw and hay?

    What’s the difference between a bump and a lump?

    Areas of Expertise:

    Alicia: The movie The Turning Point, high-end luxury handbags, and the TV shows “The Real Housewives” of New York and Beverly Hills.

    Adam: The Stephen Pressfield book The War of Art, The Who’s album Who’s Next, and The Trans Am from Smokey and the Bandit.

    Appearing in this episode:

    J. Keith van Straaten

    Kitty Felde

    Alicia Coppola

    Adam Ferrara

    With guest experts:

    Leslie Browne: dancer, teacher, and actor who earned an Oscar nomination for her

    film debut in The Turning Point.

    Ethan Russell, legendary rock-and-roll photographer and Glyn Johns, legendary rock-and-roll producer & engineer – both seen in The Beatles Get Back documentary!

    Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun.

    Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

    Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.

    Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.

    Vaccine-getting by YOU.

  • A 14-letter phrase for a trivia podcast: It’s a brand new episode of Go Fact Yourself!

    Jaret Reddick is best known as the lead singer and songwriter for the band Bowling for Soup. Between his band and the theme song for “Phineas & Ferb,” his music has been a fixture for children -- but so has his iconic role as the voice of Chuck E. Cheese. You can hear more of Jaret’s voice in his podcasts “Jaret Goes to the Movies'' and “Rockstar Dad.”

    Jaret’s opponent is Time magazine journalist Molly Ball. She’s known for her political scoops and her book about Nancy Pelosi, but Molly got involved in covering politics almost entirely by accident. Plus, she’ll tell us about what it was like to win big money on the show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”

    Our guests will answer trivia about comedy, crosswords, scents and censorship!

    What’s the Difference: Something Stinks!

    What’s the difference between a scent and an odor?

    What’s the difference between “instinctive” and “instinctual”?

    Areas of Expertise:

    Jaret: John Hughes movies, The band Mötley Crüe, and comedian George Carlin.

    Molly: Crossword puzzles, The life and works of the American poet James Merrill, and The 1990s Colorado Rockies baseball team.

    Appearing in this episode:

    J. Keith van Straaten

    Helen Hong

    Jaret Reddick

    Molly Ball

    With guest experts:

    Kelly Carlin, writer, performer, producer and radio host and author of the book A Carlin Home Companion,

    Will Shortz, founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament and

    Puzzle Editor of the New York Times since 1993.

    Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun.

    Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

    Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.

    Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.

    Vaccine-getting by YOU.

  • We’re on our way to where the air is sweet on a new episode of Go Fact Yourself!

    Jackson Galaxy is the host of the TV show “My Cat From Hell.” On the show, he showcases his skills as an expert on cat behavior to help people better understand their problematic kitties. These days he can’t go into anyone’s home, but he’s learned how to share his special tips over Zoom. Here’s a big one: Don’t stack litter boxes on top of each other!

    Jackson’s opponent is comedian Shalewa Sharpe. She’s been seen on Comedy Central, the podcast “2 Dope Queens,” and on a viral video from “The Tonight Show” where she shared her love of the movie Black Panther… before being surprised by an appearance from Chadwick Boseman! You can hear Shalewa on her podcast “The War Report.”

    Our guests will answer questions about big cats, big books and Big Bird!

    What’s the Difference: Must I?

    What’s the difference between odors that are musty and musky?

    What’s the difference between “obligated” and “obliged?”

    Areas of Expertise:

    Jackson: Rock n Roll music from 1974-1977, the TV show “Outlander,” and the upper West Side of New York

    Shalewa: The Rock Band “The Breeders,” the TV show “Sesame Street,” and shopping for plus-size clothing online.

    Appearing in this episode:

    J. Keith van Straaten

    Helen Hong

    Jackson Galaxy

    Shalewa Sharpe

    With guest experts:

    Diana Gabaldon, author of the award-winning, #1 New York Times-bestselling Outlander novels.

    Emilio Delgado, actor, voice artist, and singer, whose many credits include playing Luis on

    “Sesame Street” for 44 years!

    Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun.

    Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

    Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.

    Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.

    Vaccine-getting by YOU.

  • Practice that evil laugh -- it’s a brand new episode of Go Fact Yourself!

    Saladin Ahmed is an Eisner Award-winning comic book writer who prides himself on showcasing truly lived-in worlds. He says that whether you're writing a story set in the Marvel universe or Detroit, the little details matter. But he’s also helped affect things in our world too -- like when he helped call out some racist art on a box of Corn Pops. You can find Saladin’s creator-owned imprint at copperbottle.net.

    Talia Lavin’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker and The Washington Post. But her most well-known work may be the viral joke that she made as a contestant on “Jeopardy.” That wasn’t the only time she took a big risk either; she’ll tell us about the time that she catfished a white supremacist dating site. Talia’s book about that adventure, Culture Warlords, is available now.

    Our guests will face off in a trivia battle about timeless nerdy inspirations.

    What’s the Difference: Pain in the Butt

    What’s the difference between “tortuous” and “torturous?”

    What’s the difference in the function of the anus and the rectum?

    Areas of Expertise:

    Saladin: Mythological monsters, 20th Century American poetry, and action figure cartoons of the 1980s

    Talia: The TV show “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” author Terry Pratchett, and the “Monkey Island” video games

    Appearing in this episode:

    J. Keith van Straaten

    Helen Hong

    Saladin Ahmed

    Talia Lavin

    With guest experts:

    Alan Oppenheimer, actor, who has appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies for over six decades -- including as Skeletor!

    Denise Crosby, actor and producer whose numerous film and television roles include playing

    Lieutenant Tasha Yar (and her daughter) on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

    Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun.

    Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

    Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.

    Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.

    Vaccine-getting by YOU.

  • Go Fact Yourself and Depresh Mode with John Moe got together to celebrate MaxFun Block Party!

    If you enjoyed this conversation we had with host John Moe, be sure to subscribe to Depresh Mode with John Moe on maximumfun.org.

  • Listener beware, you’re in for a scare -- It’s a brand new episode of Go Fact Yourself!

    Roxane Gay is an award-winning writer and culture critic. Her books and blogs feature tons of biting insight that’s endeared her to millions of readers. Her best advice for aspiring professional writers? Be relentless. She’ll explain that and why she still has blind spots when people ask her for the answers to their problems. You can also see Roxane’s writing in her newsletter, “The Audacity.”

    Ricky Duran is a singer-songwriter who first made a name for himself on the NBC show "The Voice" in 2019. The show is all about joining up with one of four professional musicians to both win the show and help with your career. Ricky will tell us what he got from his mentor, Blake Shelton who still helps him to this day! Ricky’s new single “Waiting on You” is available now.

    Our guests will answer trivia questions about childhood movies that could thrill, chill and delight!

    If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 74174.

    What’s the Difference: Sure Shot

    What’s the difference between “ensure” and “insure"?

    What’s the difference (to a bartender) between a jigger and a shot?

    Areas of Expertise:

    Roxane: 1990s hip-hop, the movie Pretty Woman, and the fictional world of Clive Cussler novels.

    Ricky: Slasher movies, planets of our solar system, and Jimi Hendrix.

    Appearing in this episode:

    J. Keith van Straaten

    Helen Hong

    Roxane Gay

    Ricky Duran

    With guest experts:

    Heather Langenkamp, award-winning actor and producer, whose many credits include playing the lead character in A Nightmare on Elm Street.

    Laura San Giacomo, award-winning actor, whose many credits include the shows “NCIS,” “Just Shoot Me,” and the film Pretty Woman.

    Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun.

    Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

    Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.

    Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.

    Vaccine-getting by YOU.

  • You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here -- It’s a new episode of Go Fact Yourself!

    Bridger Winegar is a writer and podcaster who’s worked on shows like “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Since he started as a Production Assistant, he knows the early parts of show business are pretty thankless; so he does his best to be helpful to those just starting out-- even if he’s sometimes a little too helpful. He’ll tell us all about that and why it was hard to interview his former boss on his podcast “I Said No Gifts!”

    Ginny Hogan is a comedian whose writing has appeared in The Atlantic and The New Yorker. Between her writing and her work in the condiment industry, you could say she’s done it all… so why can’t she use her real name as her twitter account? Her greatest accomplishment might be her research blog where she analyzed the profiles from all of her online dates and discovered some startling revelations about herself. Ginny's scripted podcast “Yes We Mustard” is available on Audible.

    Our guests will answer trivia questions about great music of the 1990s and a great show of the 2000s!

    What’s the Difference: Minnie Driver!

    What’s the difference between “small” and “little”?

    What’s the difference between all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive?

    Areas of Expertise:

    Bridger: The movie Clifford 1990s Power Pop, and Utah Cuisine

    Ginny: The TV show “Gilmore Girls,” The history of Facebook, and Sobriety Memoirs

    Appearing in this episode:

    J. Keith van Straaten

    Helen Hong

    Bridger Winegar

    Ginny Hogan

    With guest experts:

    Dan Wilson, Grammy-winning songwriter, producer, and performer, who helped lead the 1990s power pop movement with Semisonic.

    Keiko Agena, actor, from “Gilmore Girls,” whose recent credits include “Better Call Saul” and “Prodigal Son.”

    Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun.

    Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

    Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.

    Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.

    Vaccine-getting by YOU.

  • Note: due to technical difficulties, J. Keith’s audio sounds worse than usual. We’ve taken steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

    Grab your Batmobiles and thingamabobs, it’s a new episode of Go Fact Yourself!

    Nina West is a drag performer who won Miss Congeniality on the TV’s “Rupaul’s Drag Race.” Since then, she’s focused on making kindness her brand -- especially since she’s got such a massive audience of kids watching her work. Nina’s also taking part in a national tour of the musical Hairspray later this year.

    Brandon Collins is a film critic, comedian and podcaster. You can hear his reviews on the podcast “Medium Popcorn,” where his critique eventually got the show recognized by rogerebert.com and Rotten Tomatoes. Brandon also hosts the podcast “Drunk Black History” where he showcases under-discussed black historical figures -- and if you support the show on Patreon, he’ll even arrange for a certain celebrity to call and say thanks.

    Our guests will answer questions about heroes from Disney, comic books and history!

    What’s the Difference: Car Sick!

    What’s the difference between the purpose of shocks and struts?

    What’s the difference between a sign and a symptom when referring to illness?

    Areas of Expertise:

    Nina: 1990s Disney Animated Movies, The musical Wicked, and Columbus, Ohio.

    Brandon: The movie The Dark Knight, Why Scream is the best horror film ever, and Googling

    Appearing in this episode:

    J. Keith van Straaten

    Helen Hong

    Nina West

    Brandon Collins

    With guest experts:

    Ron Clements and John Musker, award-winning film directors, who spent over three decades at Disney.

    Eric Roberts, multiple Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated actor.

    Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun.

    Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

    Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.

    Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.

    Vaccine-getting by YOU.

  • We’re getting the band back together and playing the hits on a brand new episode of Go Fact Yourself!

    Kitty Felde fills in for Helen Hong as our special guest host for this week! She was previously a guest on episode 51.

    John Fugelsang can be heard every weekday on SiriusXM radio as the host of the show “Tell me Everything with John Fugelsang.” He’s interviewed tons of guests from different industries for years. So what’s the secret to having great conversations with people? It all comes down to practice -- and learning how to find someone’s geek zone.

    Thao Nguyen is a songwriter, whose newest album “Temple” is out now. It was actually inspired by something that was truly special to her: her first trip to Vietnam with her mom. She’ll tell us about why the journey was so meaningful -- plus, how her onstage performance helps with her road rage issues.

    Our guests will answer trivia questions about sobs, jobs, and Bobs!

    What’s the Difference: Life and Death

    What’s the difference between an autobiography and a memoir?

    What’s the difference between grieving and mourning?

    Areas of Expertise:

    Thao: The author Toni Morrison, Making vegan Phở, and 1990’s “Entertainment Tonight”

    John: The Godfather films, The Beatles after their breakup, and Jesus.

    Appearing in this episode:

    J. Keith van Straaten

    Kitty Felde

    John Fugelsang

    Thao Nguyen

    With guest experts:

    Laurence Juber, multiple Grammy-winning composer and musician, who worked with several Beatles.

    Bob Goen, television personality whose storied career includes hosting several game shows, pageants, and “Entertainment Tonight.”

    Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun.

    Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

    Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.

    Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.

    Vaccine-getting by YOU.

  • Drop a dope beat and lock it in your pocket, it’s a brand new episode of Go Fact Yourself!

    Alison Leiby is a comedian who’s written for successful shows like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” But for all her success at making people laugh, she’s actually really interested in horror… but not enough to actually watch any scary movies herself. She’ll explain more about how this led to her podcast “Ruined.”

    Alison faces off against her fellow comedian Seán Devlin. He really enjoys performing pranks -- both for laughs, like when he was part of the team that put together Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm, and to affect political change, like when he helped wall off a Canadian Prime Minister from his work to make a point about food shortages. Seán’s debut comedy album “Airports, Animals'' is available now.

    Our guests will answer trivia questions about freshwater mammals, fresh beats and a fresh prince!

    What’s the Difference: Rare Earth!

    What’s the difference between something being “rare” and something being “scarce?”

    What’s the difference between the ingredients in garden soil and potting soil?

    Areas of Expertise:

    Alison: Otters, Mid-Aughts celebrity tabloid culture and gossip blogs, and “The Soup” episode of the TV show “Seinfeld” (NOT “The Soup Nazi”).

    Seán: The Toronto Raptors, The TV Show “The Office,” and the career of Will Smith.

    Appearing in this episode:

    J. Keith van Straaten

    Helen Hong

    Alison Leiby

    Seán Devlin

    With guest experts:

    Dr. Nicole Duplaix, senior instructor at Oregon State University’s Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences and the founder of the International Union of Conservation for Nature’s “Otter Specialist Group.”

    DJ Jazzy Jeff, actor, producer and hip-hop pioneer.

    Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun.

    Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

    Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.

    Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.

    Vaccine-getting by YOU.

  • Break out the hotdish -- it’s a brand new episode of Go Fact Yourself!

    Trace Beaulieu is best known for his time as one of the major creative forces behind the film-riffing series “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” Between working on that show and being nominated for two Emmys, he’s gotten more than his fair share of Hollywood. Still, he’s glad he decided to move back to his home state of Minnesota, where he can still catch a fish in the St. Croix river whenever he wants.Trace is still riffing on movies with his latest project “The Mads.”

    Trace will compete against his fellow Minnesota resident: musician and playwright Jonatha Brooke. She’s got a lot of experience creating content for a live audience.That includes the play My Mother has 4 Noses which, appropriately enough, her mother inspired her to write. Like any performer, she’s missed the energy of a live crowd. To help settle that longing a little, she’s performed over 50 COVID concerts on YouTube… even if she’s had to get creative to make the audience feel real.

    Our guests will answer trivia about royalty, hot dogs and cute cows.

    What’s the Difference: High Anxiety!

    What’s the difference between “your majesty” and “your highness” when addressing royalty?

    What’s the difference between fear and anxiety?

    Areas of Expertise:

    Jonatha: The TV show “Schitt's Creek,” the Twitter account @M_Crouton, and Cults.

    Trace: Monty Python, Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s Monster, and Minnesota Cuisine.

    Appearing in this episode:

    J. Keith van Straaten

    Helen Hong

    Trace Beaulieu

    Jonatha Brooke

    With guest experts:

    Crouton, the most popular resident of Squirrelwood Equine Sanctuary, who has over 60,000 followers on Twitter.

    Beth Hyman, co-founder of Squirrelwood Equine Sanctuary who rescued Crouton and helps run his popular Twitter account.

    Andrew Zimmern, Emmy and James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer, teacher and social justice advocate.

    Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun.

    Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

    Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.

    Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.

    Vaccine-getting by YOU.

  • It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… a brand new episode of Go Fact Yourself!

    David Pogue is an Emmy-winning “CBS Sunday Morning” correspondent and an author who’s written over 100 books (mostly covering science and technology). That’s given him some special insight; like why published tech instructions are so terrible. David’s newest book is “How to Prepare for Climate Change: A Practical Guide to Surviving the Chaos” and believe it or not, it’s actually a really hopeful read!

    David will compete against his colleague and fellow Emmy-winner from “CBS Sunday Morning,”: actor and writer Nancy Giles! She’s been seen on Broadway and in plenty of movies, but a lot of people may actually have heard her work elsewhere -- as the voice for medicine commercials. Nancy also has a podcast called “The Giles Files.”

    Our guests will discuss the magic of movies, superheroes and witches!

    What’s the Difference: Eggs-cuse Me!

    What’s the difference between an omelet and a frittata?

    What’s the difference between “excuse me” and “pardon me?”

    Areas of Expertise:

    David: Movie special effects, The Electric Light Orchestra album “Out of the Blue,” and Steve Jobs.

    Nancy: “The Bob Newhart Show,” sitcom second bananas of the 1960’s, and black hair products from the 1970s (not including the horrific Jheri Curl).

    Appearing in this episode:

    J. Keith van Straaten

    Helen Hong

    David Pogue

    Nancy Giles

    With guest experts:

    Colin Chilvers, director, producer, author and special effects pioneer, who earned a BAFTA

    and an Oscar for his work as Director of Special Effects on the movie Superman. (or was it Superman: The Movie?)

    Erin Murphy, actor, TV host, writer, and autism advocate... who played Tabitha on the TV show “Bewitched.”

    Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun.

    Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

    Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.

    Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.

    Vaccine-getting by YOU.

  • You can watch a video version of this episode! Follow us on social media (@gofactyourpod) and send us a direct message to receive the link.

    In space, no one can hear you trivia! This brand new Go Fact Yourself was recorded as part of Politifact’s “United Facts of America: A Festival of Fact-Checking.”

    Hari Sreenivasan is an anchor and senior correspondent for "PBS Newshour." As a journalist, he’s dedicated most of his professional life to helping viewers understand facts from fiction. But even before that, he used to watch the news for another reason: to help his parents learn English.

    Hari’s opponent is fellow broadcaster Jessica Yellin. She began her career as a journalist with the goal of one day becoming a White House correspondent -- which she accomplished! Now she’s got a new goal: delivering “calm news” through Instagram to provide information without a panic attack.

    What’s the Difference: Just the Facts

    What’s the difference between “assume” and “presume?"

    What’s the difference between proof and evidence in a court of law?

    Areas of Expertise:

    Hari: TV shows about Mars, current events on Mars, baking chocolate chip cookies.

    Jessica: David Bowie, the TV show “Dynasty” and how to do makeup in the car.

    Appearing in this episode:

    J. Keith van Straaten

    Helen Hong

    Hari Sreenivasan

    Jessica Yellin

    With guest experts:

    Katie Stack Morgan, research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who’s currently a Deputy Project Scientist on the Mars 2020 rover mission.

    Linda Evans, award-winning actor, writer and speaker who played Crystal Carrington on “Dynasty.”

    Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun.

    Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

    Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.

    Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.

    Vaccine-getting by YOU.

  • G’day all! It’s a brand new Australia edition of Go Fact Yourself!

    Kate Mulvany is best known these days for her role on Amazon Prime’s “Hunters” where she plays a Nazi-hunting nun. But one of her most acclaimed roles was Shakespeare's Richard III. She’ll tell us about why the role was so deeply personal for her and explain why she still gets starstruck after all these years.

    Kate’s opponent is Josh Szeps. He’s the host of the podcast “Uncomfortable Conversations with Josh Szeps.” He wants his show to be a place that leans into discussions of heady topics like “What’s wrong with men?” and “Am I racist?” but with a sense of honesty and understanding. We’ll hear about some of the hilarious interactions he’s had with guests and the record-setting appearance he had on another game show as a kid.

    Our guests will also answer trivia questions about childhood fandom turning into lifelong passion.

    What’s the Difference: Pirates

    What’s the difference between “aye” and “aye-aye”?

    What’s the difference between a sea song and a sea shanty?

    Areas of Expertise:

    Josh: Frequent flier programs, the Season 3 finale of the TV show “The West Wing,” and Jerry Seinfeld’s stand-up routine (not the TV show).

    Kate: Rasputin’s relationship with the Romanovs, the correct way to eat Vegemite and the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

    Appearing in this episode:

    J. Keith van Straaten

    Helen Hong

    Kate Mulvany

    Josh Szeps

    With guest experts:

    Mark Nasr, Senior Vice President of Air Canada and the president of its loyalty program.

    Nell Campbell, actor and singer whose many credits include playing Columbia in the stage and film version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

    Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun.

    Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

    Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.

    Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.

    Vaccine-getting by YOU.

  • Off the top rope for the three count fall, it’s the reigning defending champion of trivia: Go Fact Yourself!

    Colt Cabana is a professional wrestler who appears every week on All Elite Wrestling on TNT. Wrestling is a little different in the middle of a pandemic; but even though he can’t be in front of a crowd much, he’s found other ways to keep his audience engaged. He’ll tell us all about that and why his mother thinks of him as the “Hebrew Hunk” of wrestling.

    Colt takes on a fellow TV personality: Emmy-winning TV host Sukanya Krishnan. Her first day on a job was covering one of the most significant events of the last 20 years: the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But not all of her work is so serious: one of her latest projects is being the host of game show “90 Day Fiance: Love Games” on Discovery Plus -- a show J. Keith wrote!

    Our guests will also talk about ‘80s hits (music and movies) and winning gold (championships and Grammys).

    What’s the Difference: Weather or Not

    What’s the difference between weathering and erosion?

    What’s the difference between fog and haze?

    Areas of Expertise:

    Colt: The 1989 Chicago Cubs, First Amendment audits and the movie Over The Top.

    Sukanya: 1970s and 1980s TV sitcom themes, Whitney Houston trivia and Spanish slang

    Appearing in this episode:

    J. Keith van Straaten

    Helen Hong

    Colt Cabana

    Sukanya Krishnan

    With guest experts:

    Steve Dorff, member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame who had #1 hit tracks across four decades.

    David Mendenhall, award-winning actor, producer and entertainment attorney with over 50 film credits -- including Over the Top.

    Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun.

    Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

    Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.

    Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.

    Vaccine-getting by YOU.

  • Get settled on the couch and grab some snacks: it’s another “Best Of” edition of Go Fact Yourself!

    As we all were stuck inside for most of the past year, TV was one of the only sources of entertainment that didn’t go away. We’ve collected some of our favorite contestants from the early episodes of the show who chose TV shows as their area of expertise.

    You’ll hear from tons of great guests like Cristela Alonzo, Pete Holmes and many more, as they talk about shows like “Mad Men,” “The Golden Girls,” and “Jeopardy.” Happy binging!

    Appearing in this episode:

    J. Keith van Straaten

    Helen Hong

    Cristela Alonzo from Episode 4

    Pete Holmes from Episode 9

    Louis Virtel from Episode 17

    Alison Rosen from Episode 24

    Glen Weldon from Episode 27

    With guest experts:

    Jim Colucci, Entertainment writer, radio reporter, editor at CBS Watch magazine and author of Golden Girls Forever.

    Allan Havey, actor and comedian, from “Mad Men.”

    Jerome Vered, writer and all-time winner of “Jeopardy.”

    Gloria Loring, actror and singer-songwriter from “The Facts of Life.”

    Brian Firkus actor, singer and embodiment of drag-queen Trixie Mattel.

    Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun.

    Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

    Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.

    Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.

    Mask-wearing and vaccine-getting by YOU.

  • Make sure to listen to our second pledge break for a very special announcement that could put YOU on an episode of GFY...

    It’s all about that classic trio of music, movies and medicine this week on our second #MaxFunDrive episode of Go Fact Yourself!

    Justin McElroy’s podcast career spans multiple shows including the hugely popular “My Brother, My Brother and Me,” and “The Adventure Zone.” Through it all, he’s never lost sight of the things he owes his career to: a lifetime of insulting his brothers and the recently shut down Yahoo Answers service.

    Justin will compete against his wife Dr. Sydnee McElroy. She shows off her medical expertise on the podcast “Sawbones” (which she hosts with Justin!) and “Still Buffering” (which she hosts with her siblings). Sydnee’s also asked to display her knowledge in other unconventional places… mainly at family functions and to strangers who want her to check their moles.

    This episode is a special Max Fun Drive edition of trivia competition. To become a Max Fun Member and support Go Fact Yourself for as little as $5 a month, go to Maximumfun.org/join

    What’s the difference: Oh Rob!

    What’s the difference between a robbery and a burglary?

    What’s the difference between rob and steal?

    Areas of Expertise

    Justin McElroy: Wood working, the show Sleep No More and the band They Might Be Giants

    Sydnee McElroy: Archie comics, the movie Grease 2 and making slime

    Appearing in this episode:

    J. Keith van Straaten

    Helen Hong

    Justin McElroy

    Dr. Sydnee McElroy

    With guest experts:

    Maxwell Caulfield, actor and filmmaker with dozens of credits across Broadway, TV and film -- including Grease 2.

    John Linnell, founder of Brooklyn alternative rock legends They Might Be Giants.

    Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun.

    Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

    Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.

    Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.

    Mask-wearing and vaccine-getting by YOU.

  • Go Fact Yourself is joining forces with Politifact for the United Facts of America -- a (virtual) festival of fact checking -- May 10-13. To get 30% off tickets to the event and to see a special video edition of Go Fact Yourself, visit bit.ly/FactsFest and enter the promo code “FACTS2021” at checkout.

    And… make sure to listen to our second pledge break for a very special announcement that could put YOU on an episode of GFY...

    Whether you want to sing about Summer lovin’ or the Big Bang, we’ve got you covered on this special #MaxFunDrive episode of Go Fact Yourself!

    Dave Shumka is one of the hosts of Maximum Fun’s “Stop Podcasting Yourself,” which has been around for 13 years. While things have certainly changed in the world of podcasting, Dave says their longevity can be attributed to their show’s vague initial premise of “bland white people.”

    Dave’s opponent is Laura House, the voice behind one of Maximum Fun’s newest shows, “Tiny Victories.” The show is meant to be a celebration of the little things in life. Laura will explain how the podcast is a reflection of a mindset that she tries to bring into the real world.

    This episode is a special Max Fun Drive edition of trivia competition. To become a Max Fun Member and support Go Fact Yourself for as little as $5 a month, go to Maximumfun.org/join

    What’s the difference: The Greenhouse Effect

    What’s the difference between a greenhouse and a hothouse?

    What’s the difference between “effective” and “efficacious” when referring to vaccines?

    Areas of Expertise:

    Dave Shumka: Erotic thrillers, 1990’s Canadian popular music and Dairy Queen

    Lauar House: The movie Grease, The movie Grease 2 and Gothic English literature

    Appearing in this episode:

    J. Keith van Straaten

    Helen Hong

    Dave Shumka

    Laura House

    With guest experts:

    Tyler Stewart, drummer for the band Barenaked Ladies.

    Randal Kleiser, director of the film Grease.

    Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun.

    Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

    Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.

    Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.

    Mask-wearing and vaccine-getting by YOU.